The Rise of Remote Working
Remote working is becoming increasingly popular for organisations of all sizes.
In today’s connected world, it’s possible to work from any location with a decent internet connection, such as at home, a co-working environment, or even a coffee shop anywhere across the globe.
The Advantages of Remote Working
The advantages of remote working are many, but perhaps the best reason is to avoid the wasted time and energy spent on a daily commute. Rather than spending an hour or more sitting in a car or on public transport, working remotely allows people to start work feeling relaxed and full of energy. As well as saving time, the cost savings can really add up too. Fewer car journeys also means fewer emissions, so it’s also good for the environment.
With the right tools in place, remote working is a great option to offer your staff, allowing them to strike a better work / life balance, save money and have better energy levels to tackle the working day.
This is obviously good news for the organisation offering it as well, as happy, well-rested employees will tend to out-perform tired, stressed out colleagues. It also allows organisations to cut costs by only needing smaller office space. By removing the need for staff to work at a fixed location each day, organisations are able to cast a wider geographical net when hiring, giving them greater choice when choosing who to hire.
Popular Tools To Enable Remote Working
Working remotely doesn’t mean being out of communication. There are so many tools available today to help co-workers collaborate and stay up to date with what’s going on at work.
Whilst there are too many to mention them all here, below you’ll find some of favourites:
- Google Drive – for sharing and collaborating documents, spreadsheets and more.
- Dropbox – for sharing files and storing important stuff in the cloud.
- Trello – for managing projects, keeping track of to-do lists and helping collaboration.
- Slack – group chats, file sharing and more. A great way for teams to keep in touch.
- Basecamp – another good option for project management
- Teamviewer – screen sharing, remote access to computers, support tickets and more
- Conference calls – Sometimes just getting everyone on the phone to talk things through is the best option. For quick and easy conference calls, our public service is all you need. If you need to accommodate more people, international callers or have additional privacy measures, then our private service is the best option. You can find out more about each of them here.
- VoIP – use a VoIP phone at home and stay connected to everyone in the office. Even though you’re not in the office, you can still be contacted via the office number, dial internally, transfer calls and more. Once set up, it’s as simple as plugging a wireless router into your home router, then plugging in your phone next to your desk. Another option is to set up an app on your mobile that allows you to connect to your organisation’s VoIP network whenever you are connected to wireless. You can then make and receive VoIP calls on your mobile. It’s also easy to toggle your mobile and / or home VoIP phone on and off, for the days when you’re not working, or if you’re in the office etc.
Remote working is increasingly popular, with many benefits both to those who do it and the organisations they work for.
In fact, it looks like the trend is for remote working is only going to become more widespread and accepted as a normal working practice, rather than the exception like it has been in the past.